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Forum: Low Tech Forum   12-08-2015, 09:03 PM
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Views: 308
Posted By BBradbury
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Hello TPT...

Am on to the next forum, so thought I'd post a recipe for a low tech tank that needs minimal maintenance, but is still interesting to keep. I'll leave you with the ingredients and...
Forum: Lighting   12-08-2015, 11:35 AM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,013
Posted By BBradbury
Hello green... Check out shop lighting from...

Hello green...

Check out shop lighting from the hardware store. Florescent lighting is inexpensive and burns cool so the fixture can sit directly on top of a glass tank cover. A 36 inch 2 or 4...
Forum: Lighting   12-07-2015, 08:34 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 827
Posted By BBradbury
Hello Fish... Most the plants you get for...

Hello Fish...

Most the plants you get for your aquarium are tropical and used to long hours of daylight. My tank lights are on a timer set for 12 hours on and 12 off. I use T8 four bulb shop...
Forum: Equipment   12-07-2015, 03:59 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 1,275
Posted By BBradbury
Hello kl... I'd suggest getting a bi-fold...

Hello kl...

I'd suggest getting a bi-fold glass canopy. They're available online and come in numerous sizes. They're simply two lengths of glass held together with a strong rubber strip. Very...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   12-06-2015, 09:48 PM
Replies: 14
Views: 902
Posted By BBradbury
Hello Mr... The best water conditioner I've...

Hello Mr...

The best water conditioner I've used is Seachem's "Safe". It's a powder. A quarter teaspoon treats 5 gallons of tap water. No ageing is needed. I treat the water and I can put it...
Forum: Fish   12-04-2015, 01:46 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 773
Posted By BBradbury
Hello mio... The best treatment is to keep...

Hello mio...

The best treatment is to keep the tank water free of dissolved wastes that stress the fish and weakens the immune system. Change half the tank water a couple of times a week and add...
Forum: Fish   12-04-2015, 11:34 AM
Replies: 8
Views: 583
Posted By BBradbury
Hello mio... Aquarium fish you get at the...

Hello mio...

Aquarium fish you get at the local pet stores are adaptable. A water temperature of a steady 75 degrees is fine for the vast majority. Just keep the tank water clear of dissolved...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   12-03-2015, 11:41 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 809
Posted By BBradbury
Hello mit... If you keep low to moderate...

Hello mit...

If you keep low to moderate light plants, you don't have to use commercial fertilizers. These plants are naturally slow growing and if you have a reasonable number of fish in the...
Forum: Aquascaping   12-02-2015, 02:15 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 379
Posted By BBradbury
Hello tah... Research the use of the Chinese...

Hello tah...

Research the use of the Chinese evergreen in the tank if you're wanting low tech, low maintenance and no filter. Setting up such a tank is easy and requires only regular water...
Forum: Plants   12-02-2015, 02:10 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 539
Posted By BBradbury
Hello klib... Bumping up the ferts a bit is...

Hello klib...

Bumping up the ferts a bit is the simplest and by far the most economical. Adjusting the lighting is a bit more labor intensive and having a separate tank isn't cost effective for...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   12-01-2015, 04:06 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 252
Posted By BBradbury
Hello pete... Are you keeping and breeding...

Hello pete...

Are you keeping and breeding rare fish? If not, then don't fret over the chemistry of your tap water. It isn't important to running a successful tank. Just treat the tap water to...
Forum: Plants   12-01-2015, 03:58 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 539
Posted By BBradbury
Hello nick... Don't fret over it. Increase...

Hello nick...

Don't fret over it. Increase the commercial ferts a little until you get the system up and running.

B
Forum: Lighting   11-26-2015, 11:33 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 820
Posted By BBradbury
lee... The brand I use is less than 12...

lee...

The brand I use is less than 12 inches wide. I got it at Lowe's. Lamps and all was roughly $50.00.

B
Forum: Lighting   11-25-2015, 04:30 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 820
Posted By BBradbury
Hello again lee... The shop light is...

Hello again lee...

The shop light is recessed on a four lamp fixture. The lamps don't sit directly on the glass. If they do with your particular setup, there's no problem with heat. The...
Forum: Plants   11-25-2015, 04:19 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 342
Posted By BBradbury
Hello p2... The plant can be wrapped around...

Hello p2...

The plant can be wrapped around a piece of driftwood, planted in the substrate or just floating close to light source. It seems to grow best just floating, so the entire plant gets...
Forum: Lighting   11-25-2015, 11:40 AM
Replies: 13
Views: 820
Posted By BBradbury
Hello lee... A couple of T5s won't be enough...

Hello lee...

A couple of T5s won't be enough to light a 75G, you'll need to run 4. T5s provide an intense light, but don't shine over a very wide area. Review the lighting requirements of the...
Forum: Shrimp & Other Invertebrates   11-24-2015, 04:48 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 480
Posted By BBradbury
Hello bsh... Water changes chemically the...

Hello bsh...

Water changes chemically the longer it stays in the tank, so even if the tests are good, doesn't mean you can put off changing out the water. The only way to guarantee a balanced...
Forum: Equipment   11-24-2015, 04:31 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 620
Posted By BBradbury
Hello tra... Hagen filters are reliable, so...

Hello tra...

Hagen filters are reliable, so you don't need more than one. Filters aren't designed to keep the tank water clean, just properly aerated. Change half the water in the tank every 4...
Forum: Low Tech Forum   11-23-2015, 03:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 686
Posted By BBradbury
Hello Poc... I keep aquarium plants that...

Hello Poc...

I keep aquarium plants that require only low to moderate light and don't use commercial fertilizers. I keep a good fishload and feed them a balanced diet. The fish provide all the...
Forum: Algae   11-23-2015, 11:31 AM
Replies: 9
Views: 658
Posted By BBradbury
Hello nw... The best ways I've found to...

Hello nw...

The best ways I've found to control algae is have a thick growth of Anacharis floating in the tank and change out a lot of tank water every week. This does a couple of things: The...
Forum: Fertilizers and Water Parameters   11-22-2015, 04:39 PM
Replies: 13
Views: 988
Posted By BBradbury
Hello Bri... Water pH, hardness and all that...

Hello Bri...

Water pH, hardness and all that chemistry stuff has little importance to a successful tank. Most, if not all aquarium fish you get at the pet store will adapt to most public water...
Forum: Fish   11-22-2015, 12:50 PM
Replies: 6
Views: 444
Posted By BBradbury
Hello mio... The Mollies you get at the...

Hello mio...

The Mollies you get at the local pet store will do fine in freshwater. Like the other Livebearing fish, they'll do better if you add some standard aquarium salt to their water. I...
Forum: Lighting   11-21-2015, 09:44 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 396
Posted By BBradbury
Hello c... Just a suggestion from a multiple...

Hello c...

Just a suggestion from a multiple tank keeper on a budget. I'd suggest two, 2-fixture, 36 inch strip lights from the local hardware store. Use T8, 32 watt, GE florescent bulbs. The...
Forum: General Planted Tank Discussion   11-21-2015, 12:50 PM
Replies: 9
Views: 480
Posted By BBradbury
Hello phil... The organic material that...

Hello phil...

The organic material that builds up on the bottom is beneficial to the plants, because it dissolves in the tank water and feeds the plants. What isn't used by the plants is removed...
Forum: Lighting   11-20-2015, 09:30 PM
Replies: 3
Views: 350
Posted By BBradbury
Hello Dan... In plain English, from where I...

Hello Dan...

In plain English, from where I sit, you want to keep things simple. You use florescent lights from the hardware store. The best I've found is a two or four bulb fixture and use 32...
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